noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1883 1. a. the explanation of life and living processes in terms of the levels of organization of living systems rather than in terms of the properties of their smallest components b. vitalism 2. any of various theories that attribute to society or the universe as a whole an existence or characteristics analogous to those of a biological organism • organicist noun or adjective

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